KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Matt LaPorta has not been in the Indians' lineup since last Saturday, and Luis Valbuena was scheduled to miss his third game in a row tonight?
What's up with that?
""We spoke to Matt,'' manager Manny Acta said. ""I think we're going to cut down on his playing time right now. He's going to spend some extra time with (hitting coach) Jon Nunnally, and get his head clear. It's kind of the same with Valbuena. He's getting some extra work and relaxing a little bit.''
On a team whose offense has mostly been snuffed out by opposing pitchers since the outset of the season, nobody has struggled more than Valbuena and LaPorta. Valbuena is batting .167 with two home runs and eight RBI; LaPorta is batting .203 with no homers and one RBI.
There has been a change in the Tribe's TV schedule. Saturday's game in Baltimore against the Orioles will be shown on WKYC-TV (Ch. 3); Sunday's finale in Baltimore will be aired on SportsTime Ohio exclusively.
On the original schedule, Saturday's game was to be televised by STO, and Sunday's game was slated to be aired on Channel 3. Thursday's wrapup game with the Royals is not on the TV schedule.
Trivia time: Before Jake Westbrook beat Kansas City Tuesday night, it had been 763 days since he won a game. That's only nine starts between wins. Westbrook spent the rest of the time recovering from Tommy John surgery.